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wood for fingerboard

Discussion in 'Luthier's Corner' started by Mark Bass, Feb 18, 2006.

  1. Mark Bass

    Mark Bass

    Aug 20, 2005
    How does the type of fingerboard wood effect the sound on an electric bass? I know that on upright, switching from rosewood to ebony is a vast improvement. My current electric has a rosewood fingerboard. How does the sound/tone and playability differ with a maple vs. rosewood fingerboard. Any feedback would be appreciated. Thanks, Mark B
  2. Frank Martin

    Frank Martin Bitten by the luthiery bug...

    Oct 8, 2001
    Budapest, Hungary, EU
    Though the tone of the bass depends on a lot of other factors as well, rosewood tends to be softer in the highs (a bit duller), yet stronger in the lows, resulting in a fatter tone. Maple would make it clearer and punchier, but you'd loose some lows.